How to stop killing your cacti in 7 simple steps
That Pepto-Bismol pink, flat whites, avocados… There are some things that are unavoidable and unashamedly ‘millennial’. And the penchant for filling one’s small city flat with cat lady levels of cacti, succulents and air plants is one of them.
The one teeny problem is, though they’re all meant to be invincible, they’re actually pretty easy to kill. Even air plants, which literally need nothing apart from the occasional spritz turn out to be pretty, well, vincible.
So, we decided to find out what we’re doing wrong and how to actually keep cacti alive…
Just because the soil is usually dry in 5-7 days, it doesn’t mean that’s the case all year round. Typically the plants will need more in summer, when it’s hotter and growing season, and less in winter, when it’s cooler.
Like us, plants need food as well as water and, as they’re not in their natural habitats, they need us to provide it.
UPSIZE THE POTS
Though the mini cacti you buy on Columbia Road are cute, they’re only that size as the pots don’t leave them room to grow. Repot occasionally to allow them to get bigger. Even if it means spoiling a ‘Grammable set-up, it’s the kind thing to do.
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